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Searching for Asian American and Pacific Islander Resources

           Subject headings are a primary way to locate materials in the Library of Congress catalog. All subject headings pertaining to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are far too numerous to list here. An example of how to search using subject headings and how to find additional relevant subject headings will suffice.

           To search for a subject heading, go to and browse by "SUBJECTS beginning with"

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Good subject headings to begin searching include:

  • Afghan Americans
  • American Samoa
  • American Samoa--Social life and customs
  • Asian Americans
  • Bangladeshi Americans
  • Cambodian Americans
  • Chinese Americans
  • East Asian Americans
  • East Indian Americans
  • Filipino Americans
  • Guam
  • Indonesian Americans
  • Japanese Americans
  • Korean Americans
  • Laotian Americans
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Pacific Islanders--American Samoa
  • Pacific Islander Americans
  • Pakistani Americans
  • South Asian Americans
  • Southeast Asian Americans
  • Thai Americans
  • Tonga
  • Vietnamese Americans

           Most of the subject headings listed above further subdivide by topic or by geography. Below is a screenshot of other available subject headings when searching for Korean Americans.

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           It can be seen that the subject heading "Korean Americans" subdivides topically and geographically. This is the case for most of the subject headings mentioned. What should be remembered is that those subject headings listed above are general. Using them to conduct an initial subject heading search will lead the researcher to more specific subject headings.


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